Clydebank 0
Dumbarton 1
League (Division 2)


Clydebank
0 - 1
 Dumbarton

League (Division 2)
Saturday, September 7th, 1968
New Kilbowie Park. Att. 2,189
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Jim Fallon (30 og)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1 Dick Madden
2 Graeme Brockett
3 Jim Fallon
4 Ernie Collumbine
5 Dennis Ruddy
6 Dougie Hay
7 Eddie Rutherford
8 Gerry O'Brien
9 Alan Munro
10 Ian Hawkshaw
11 Jimmy Caskie
Walter Smith 1
Bill McMurray 2
George Muir 3
Ronnie Curran 4
Bobby Johnstone 5
Billy Wilkinson 6
Roy McCormack 7
John McGhee 8
Johnny Graham 9
Allan Watson 10
Henry McCully 11

Bench
12 Paul McCone
Michael Wynne 12

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
None. Alan Watson (65)
Ronnie Curran

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W Syme (Referee)




Match Report


A solitary goal from Dumbarton's powerful forward Graham proved too much for the youthful Clydebank side. The Bankies, fielding nearly the same team as the previous week with the exception of Eddie Rutherford at right-wing, were at a clear disadvantage against a much bigger and stronger Sons outfit.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 30th minute. Dumbarton's Graham latched onto the ball just 10 yards out from the Clydebank goal. Faced with a swarm of Bankies defenders, he unleashed a thunderous shot that tore through them and rocketed towards the net. Young, clearly recognising the danger, lunged for the ball but only succeeded in deflecting it past the helpless Madden.

Up until that point, it was Clydebank who were dictating the pace of the game. Their passing was crisp, and they were persistently exploiting the vulnerabilities in a shaky Dumbarton defence. The visitors' saviour throughout the first half was undoubtedly goalkeeper Smith. On multiple occasions, he pulled off seemingly impossible saves, keeping the Sons in the lead.

Clydebank's young forward, Alan Munro, was a constant thorn in Dumbarton's side. He repeatedly exposed their weakness down the centre of the field, carving out several chances. On one instance, he drove down the middle but was forced wide by the bulky Dumbarton defenders. Despite a tight angle, Munro unleashed a shot that forced Smith into a spectacular diving save.

Dumbarton did have their own opportunities. Right-half Curran nearly put them further ahead with a chance from the right wing. However, his hesitation allowed goalkeeper Dick Madden to react and make the save.

The second half began with a rough edge, courtesy of Roy McCormack's physical play. The former Yoker Athletic forward bullied the young Clydebank players, while Curran's persistent fouls kept referee Syme busy throughout the half. Curran eventually saw yellow for his repeated transgressions.

Clydebank desperately craved an equaliser, and their eagerness sometimes got the better of them. They lacked the experience to convert promising opportunities, often overhitting passes or getting caught offside.

Right-back Brockett had a golden chance in the 65th minute. He burst down the right wing but was forced to shoot from distance. His effort sailed inches over the bar.

As desperation mounted in the final ten minutes, Fallon and O'Brien both tried their luck from distance, but their shots echoed Brockett's attempt, flying harmlessly over the bar.

In the dying minutes, Dick Madden redeemed himself with a crucial save, diving at the feet of the on-rushing McGhee who looked certain to score.

Despite the defeat, there were positive signs for Clydebank. Their young players displayed commendable attacking spirit and dominated large parts of the game. However, the physical disparity against Dumbarton ultimately proved too much to overcome. The Sons' frequent use of the offside trap also deserves a mention as a factor in the outcome.

Match report written by and adapted by Stuart McBay



Squad Statistics (as at September 7th, 1968)


1968-69 All Time
League Cups All
Dick Madden (GK) 3 - 6 - 45 -
Graeme Brockett 2 - 1 - 3 -
Jim Fallon 2 - 2 - 4 -
Ernie Collumbine 3 - 52872
Dennis Ruddy 3 - 6 - 13 -
Ian Hawkshaw 316293
Dougie Hay 3 - 4 - 211
Eddie Rutherford 3 - 4 - 23 -
Gerry O'Brien 3 - 6 - 12 -
Alan Munro 2 - 2 - 4 -
Jimmy Caskie 2 - 3 - 111







Recent Results


League results since Clydebank's last match
7th September 1968
Brechin City2-1Montrose
Clydebank0-1Dumbarton
East Fife1-0Cowdenbeath
East Stirlingshire7-3Berwick Rangers
Forfar Ath1-0Motherwell
Hamilton Accies3-5Albion Rovers
Stenhousemuir4-4Alloa Athletic
Stirling Albion3-0Queen's Park
Stranraer2-0Queen of South

League Table (as at September 7th, 1968)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Stirling Albion 3 3 0 0 +5 6
2. Brechin City 3 2 1 0 +3 5
3. Forfar Ath 3 2 1 0 +3 5
4. East Fife 3 2 1 0 +3 5
5. Ayr Utd 2 2 0 0 +4 4
6. Montrose 3 2 0 1 +2 4
7. Queen of South 3 2 0 1 +1 4
8. East Stirlingshire 2 1 1 0 +4 3
9. Stranraer 2 1 1 0 +2 3
10. Motherwell 2 1 0 1 +6 2
11. Dumbarton 3 1 0 2 -2 2
12. Albion Rovers 2 1 0 1 -5 2
13. Stenhousemuir 1 0 1 0 0 1
14. Clydebank 3 0 1 2 -3 1
15. Alloa Athletic 3 0 1 2 -4 1
16. Hamilton Accies 3 0 1 2 -4 1
17. Queen's Park 3 0 1 2 -5 1
18. Cowdenbeath 3 0 0 3 -3 0
19. Berwick Rangers 3 0 0 3 -7 0